Foods in Star Wars with Significance
Consuming food is the basic foundation of life, but within the Star Wars Universe, some of them can have greater significance than just providing substance. Some can either further our understanding of characters, while wome further the plot in some way. A few of the foods that have significance for one reason or another in the Star Wars Saga are…
Appearance: The Phantom Menace
Significance: When Jar Jar snags a Gorg using his long tongue from a vendor in Mos Espa on Tatooine, he accidentally hits a Dug, with it. The Dug he hits with this delicacy is Sebolba who is Anakin Skywalker’s competitor in the sport of pod racing. The introduction of Sebolba is important in understanding what obstacles Anakin has to face in winning the Podrace, which is necessary for the ship repairs and in gaining his freedom from slavery.
Description: Round mostly round fruit with white stripes that can be found on Lothal and other planets
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Premiere Episode, Spark of Rebellion
Significance: Just before Ezra Bridger met the crew of The Ghost, a merchant selling Jorgan fruit was having a confrontation with Imperial officers. This confrontation led the Imperials to call for this merchant’s arrest for treason. Ezra quickly went to help this merchant by making these Imperials think there was an emergency elsewhere in the city. After these officiers left the area, Ezra helped this merchant pick up the Jorgan Fruit that fell to the ground during the confrontation. However, he takes some of the Jorgan fruit without permision. This scene with the Jorgan fruit, gives us a better understanding of Ezra’s character as quick thinking thief, who is willing to help when he can.
Appearance: The Force Awakens
Significance: In The Force Awakens, Imperial rations are used as currency on the planet Jakku for items that are salvaged from crashed ships. When Unkar Plutt offers Rey 60 of these ration portions for BB-8, she refuses to sell the droid. This shows that Rey’s friendship with BB-8 is more important to her than what she was offered.
Appearance: Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episode, Fighter Flight
Significance: A simple assignment to obtain some of this fruit for Hera turns into an adventure where Zeb and Ezra obtain a Tie Fighter. This Tie Fighter was then used as part of the plan to a rescue Kanan Jarrus from Imperial custody.
Description: A stew made of root leaves found on Dagobah
Appearance: The Empire Strikes Back
Significance: This stew is the ‘Good Food’ that Yoda offers Luke when he first encounters him on Dagobah. This is significant because it is when Luke is eating this repast that he discovers that the crazy creature that offered to help him find the Jedi Master, Yoda, is actually the one he was seeking.
So do you agree with me that these foods have significance within the Star Wars Saga?
Do you have any other examples that I missed?
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I really love Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, both the movie and the Broadway play. I am also looking forward to the live action starring Emma Watson as Belle. When I saw The Beast Within A Tale of Beauty’s Beast at Barnes and Noble, I just had to purchase it right away based on the description on the dust jacket alone.
The tale is as old as time; a cruel prince is transformed into a beast. A lovely maiden comes into this monster’s life. He is transformed by her compassion, and the love he feels for her in return. The two live happily ever after.
But any tale, especially one as storied as Beauty and the Beast’s has been told many different times, and in many different ways. No matter which version one hears, the nagging question remains; what was it that transformed the prince into the beast we are introduced to?
This is one version, pulled from many passed down through the ages. It’s a story of vanity and arrogance, of love and hatred, of beastliness, and, of course, of beauty.
Description From the dust jacket of The Beast Within A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino
This story grabbed me at first because it started right after Belle met the Beast. However, when the story switched to The Beast’s past, I started to get a feeling of wrongness about the story that did not leave me as I continued to read. The story made me wonder many times the following: “Why am I still reading this?”
To me, the story read like a bad piece of fanfiction. Especially, with the introduction of characters like the “Odd Witches”, and the fact that Gaston and the prince knew each other and hung out together before the transformation. I kept thinking that if only these aspects were removed, then the story would have been much better.
In addition, there are many head scratching moments within the story that do not feel like they belong or contradict what is depicted in the main story. For instance, Maurice did not actually go to The Sanitarium in either the film or play versions, but this story states that he did. To me this is sloppy research, sloppy editing or both.
Fortunately, there are a few aspects of this story that made this a more tolerable read. The introduction of two new characters, Princess Tulip and the Entrantress who put the spell on the prince were a delight to read. Both of these characters are multi-dimensional and have fully realized personalities. I actually wanted to learn more about both of them. Also, the brief scenes with Cogsworth, Lumiere and Mrs Potts contained an interesting look into their lives and their interactions with The Prince before the transformation. If author would have stuck to these aspects of the story, I believe it would have been a much better read.
Overall, I cannot recommend this story, especially to any fellow Beauty and The Beast fan.
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim included the season 2 premiere of Star Wars Rebels.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I received a special media pass to the Star Wars Rebels Panel, Season 2 Press Conference, which can be heard via Skywalking Through Neverland, and of course the premiere episodes. Unfortunately, I was not able to make the Red Carpet Event to interview the creators and stars of the show. However, Fangirl’s Going Rogue does have some great interviews from this event.
Fortunately, I was able to make the ‘Bonus’ Star Wars Rebels: Past, Present and Future Panel on Sunday Morning hosted by David W Collins with Dave Filoni, Carrie Beck and Henry Gilroy. StarWars.com has a great recap of this panel and includes the concept art shown during the panel.
Here are my hopefully spoiler free thoughts on what I learned between all these panels and the Season 2 premiere:
1) Star Wars Rebels is going to continue to include humor, adventure, action and danger with a whole lot of character growth. This combination works for me and what I have seen so far confirms this.
2) Darth Vader is defiantly going to be a force to be reckoned with as seen in the Season 2 trailer.
No further comments on my part are necessary.
3) There are not only some awesome female characters, Hera, Sabine and now Ahsoka, in the show, but there are some awesome women behind the scenes as well. StarWars.com did an awesome interview with Athena Portello and Liz Marshall.
4) I am very happy to see the return of some of my favorite Star Wars The Clone Wars characters including Ahsoka, Rex, Wolffe and of course my husband’s favorite, Hondo!
5) The artwork for the Star Wars Rebels may appear to be more cartoonish than Star Wars The Clone Wars to many people. However, in my opinion, the artistic influence of Ralph McQuarrie and Miazaki, gives the show just what it needs to be a unique. For instance, the vehicle shown below does not feel ‘cartoonish’ to me.
So are you looking forward to Star Wars Rebels season 2?
It is now Spring and for many Fangirls and the Fanboys who support them, this means the beginning of the ‘con season’. During the con season there are at least one or two fan related conventions almost every weekend.
These conventions can vary in both size and in scope. Some of the can be small, some can be big, some can include multiple fandoms or franchises, while others can focus on just one fandom or franchise. No matter which of these conventions you plan on attending, if you are a newbie or a veteran attendee, these tips may be of help to you.
If you want to do it or buy it, then do not hesitate
There are plenty of opportunities and choices when attending a convention. Whether it’s attending a panel or special event, meeting a celebrity, or buying a piece of artwork, or collectible these opportunities may not come up again. Therefore, if you have the time or the money required, then do not hesitate or else you may regret it.
Best laid plans can be changed or interrupted
Many survival guides out there recommend that you plan before you go to the convention. Planning is a great way to determine which panels or special events to attend. However, the best laid plans can be derailed due to crowds, changes in programming or any other unexpected circumstances. Therefore, as part of your planning, include some contingency plans as well, just in case. If Plan A does not work out, then Plans B, C or even D, may be just where you needed to be after all.
Bring extra clothes and accessories, epecially if you are cosplaying
Wearing fandom related clothes or dressing up as a favorite character can be really cool and enhance your overall convention experience. However, there can be times when an unexpected incident could happen to your clothes or outfit, such as food or drink being dropped into your lap. Those types of incidents cannot be fixed quickly without having extra clothes or accessories with you. If you have these items with you when these types of incidents happen, then you have a greater chance of correcting this quickly and getting back to the fun!
Breaks are a must, not an option
No matter how busy you are during the convention it is important that you get as many breaks as you can. Even a couple of short breaks can help can keep you going longer. Sitting down away from all the hustle and bustle, eating a snack, drinking some water or just talking with friends and other attendees can revitalize you and help you get ready for your next experience at the convention.
Bring Hand Sanitizer and Wipes
Either during or after a convention many people come down sick with what is commonly know as ‘con crud’. The best may I found to help reduce the likelihood of coming down with something is to bring and use both hand sanitizer and wipes. The use of both a hand sanitizer and wipes will help you reduce the possibility of coming into contact with bacteria or germs that can cause the ‘con crud’ In addition, using these may help prevent the spread of bacteria and germs to other attendees. A win for everyone!
And last, but certainly not least…
Bring your patience, your manners and most of all your respect
Whether big or small, a convention is a great way to celebrate your fandom. However, some attendees, especially those that are new to THAT con, may not be prepared for the size, the variety, the crowds or the long waits. Even those that are prepared and have attended multiple times need to remember that there are plenty of others that may not be. If attendees, both newbies and veterans, brought their patience, their manners and their respect, then everyone can have an awesome convention experience and go home happy!
I am so happy with the announcement of the official title of the next Star Wars film, The Force Awakens because it symbolizes the first step in the post production process.
Unlike many others in the fan community, I did not speculate on what the title should have been or what it should be. To me the title could mean many different things and I cannot wait to find out what it really means, when the film comes out in December 2015. Therefore, THIS fangirl is anxiously awaiting the official teaser trailer to find out more.